Mitsubishi Debuts Crossover ASX

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MITSUBISHI South Africa launched its first all-new vehicle in two years this week, and the new ASX completes the brand's SUV range with large, medium and now small sizes.

The ASX is a compact SUV/crossover that at first glance looks a lot like the medium-sized Outlander SUV introduced in 2009, and it actually shares some chassis components with its bigger sibling (and Lancer sedan as well), but park them side by side and you'll see that the newcomer is smaller in every dimension. Size-wise the ASX is comparable to competitors like Hyundai's ix35, SsangYong's new Korando and VW's Tiguan.

Although available in other markets with all-wheel drive, the ASX in South Africa comes with front-wheel drive only and only one engine choice in a naturally-aspirated 2-litre with 110kW and 197Nm. Gearbox options include 5-speed manual and continuously variable CVT transmissions.

There are three ASX models starting with a base spec manual version that comes with standard features like park-distance control, automatic headlights, seven airbags and USB/auxiliary inputs for the sound system. A middle spec manual adds leather seats, panoramic roof, rain-sensing wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels (up from 16) and heated seats. Top CVT ASXs add high intensity (HID) headlights that dip automatically, audio and cruise controls on the steering wheel, stability and traction control, and a nine speaker Rockford Fosgate stereo with subwoofer. …